Written by Tiaan Pretorius.
A year after TomTom introduced their Runner and Multi-Sport GPS watches, they refreshed the range with a new Cardio addition, but with one big change: the built-in heart rate monitor.
After a 5-month injury layoff from sport I now have the opportunity to start cycling again and at the same time, review the new TomTom Cardio GPS watch. This review is just a short introduction to the watch. More specific and in depth reviews will follow over the next few months.
The core features of the TomTom Cardio was kept straightforward and user friendly. TomTom also kept it compatible with previous heart rate straps. The one noticeable change is the optical sensor on the backside. More about the heart rate sensor at a later stage. I found the bright red and black strap aesthetically pleasing, with a few small but crucial changes.
The USB charge cable is used for both charging and synching of data via your desktop or laptop. A fantastic new feature is the ability to sync your training sessions with your phone, via the downloadable app.
Design and Quality
TomTom stuck to their original design as you can see on the photos, which also offers interchangeable straps in a variation of colours. The extra grip rubber strap sits comfortably, with no slipping around on your arm.
I managed to squeeze in just over 6 hours of training in my 1st week with the watch. I will report back on the details of those session in due course. The watch plugs into a sizable charging unit with a built-in USB cable, which you would probably keep with you at all times for regular charging. Like some other sports watches, you will not be able to access the watch while on charge mode.
The Cardio Multi-Sport is a very comfortable training partner. The size of the strap and screen provides for an attractive training look. Forgetting it on your your arm after a training session would greatly improve your image!
If you’re anything like myself you would sync every time you train. The bonus is that your watch charges while you download sessions, but you also now have the option of downloading training results with Bluetooth via your phone.
The screen was kept very simplistic, which according to me isn’t necessarily a negative, but simple things like checking the battery status could become an issue.
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